By: Daniel Fanning
Rising senior quarterback Stephen Garcia missed the annual garnet and black spring game on April 9, this was the third time he's missed the game due to breaking team rules.
Garcia has been suspended from the team and will not return to football activities until further notice.
The decision now on Garcia's future will be made by USC athletic director Eric Hyman. Hyman will seek input from USC President Dr. Pastides, USC coaches, and USC players.
"Our primary objective is to do what;s right for Stephen, to help Stephen," said Hyman. "Football is a secondary issue. We need to take one day at a time, where he cannot be distracted on other things, and focus on Stephen."
Since Garcia was suspended he has still attended class and is on course to graduate in May.
"He needs to graduate, he can graduate. He can graduate this May if he passes everything he's got. That's what he needs to do, he needs to graduate," said coach Steve Spurrier.
Eric Hyman hasn't put a timetable on Stephen Garcia's return. Whether Garcia returns to the USC football team, quits the team, or transfers to another school is still to be seen.
Several sources report Garcia showed up to an SEC mandated life skills seminar Tuesday evening smelling of alcohol. He was asked to leave.
Neither head coach Steve Spurrier nor Eric Hyman would go into specifics regarding the suspension at the time.
"Stephen has exhibited behavior that is unacceptable for one of our student-athletes," Hyman said in a statement Wednesday, April 6. "Therefore he has forfeited the privilege to participate in any football related activity until further notice."
"I'm not getting into details, the statement is there," Spurrier said Wednesday night after practice." You guys can take it from there, which I'm sure you will. But that's where we are."
Garcia was suspended for the first week of spring practice this year because he broke curfew the night before the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in January.
When he returned to practice, Garcia guaranteed that he'd behave for the remainder of his time with the Gamecocks, but this latest mishap is his fifth suspension with the team, and second this spring.